Why don’t planes fly over Tibet?

Because people will die.

That’s the logical answer.

But here is the…

…Definitive List of Reasons Why Airplanes Don’t Fly Over Tibet (or other mountain ranges higher than 20,000 feet above mean sea level).

  1. The mountains in Tibet are very tall. Mt. Everest is at the border between Nepal and Tibet. There are many mountains over 20,000 feet above mean sea level. Though most commercial aircraft can fly higher than the mountains, there’s still a chance you can…crash into the mountains.
  2. It’s a terrible place to be if you need to make an emergency landing. You’ll crash into the mountains.
  3. If a plane loses cabin pressure, general procedure is to descend to an altitude with breathable oxygen. If this happened over Tibet, there’s a good chance you’ll crash into the mountains.
  4. If you lose an engine, most drift down procedures call for a descent to approximately 20,000 feet. At this elevation you’ll crash into the mountains.
  5. There’s not a ton of major travel hubs in or around the Tibetan plateau. Therefore, there’s not a huge need to fly over Tibet. So airlines don’t do it. They don’t crash into the mountains.
  6. Clear air turbulence. There’s a higher probability of clear air turbulence caused by the Himalayas. Which can cause you to crash into the mountains.

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Did you know that planes never fly over Tibet?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Charlie Brown
OK. Got it. They don't want to crash into the mountains. ;)
Nov 2, 2018 4:27PM
Brendan Brannigan
I think the point is, they’re afraid of crashing into the mountains.
Nov 2, 2018 4:33PM
Those darn mountains are too darn high! They get in the way!
Apr 4, 2020 2:09AM
You make a good point but they flew over Tibet during the war (WW11 ) and there crashes "over the hump" but aircrafts are supposed to be better today.
Jan 25, 2020 5:42PM
Barb MacNeil
tracewallace, Dems would want to tax them. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Jan 14, 2020 4:11AM
Barb MacNeil
gdwhitton, 😂😂😂😂😂 You made me get my measuring stick out. 😂😂
Jan 14, 2020 4:07AM
Barb MacNeil
Flyingtigers nunn, 😂😂😂🙏🏻
Jan 14, 2020 4:05AM
Good information
Dec 9, 2019 7:48PM
Wow I think they’re afraid to crash Into the mountains.
Oct 28, 2019 4:19PM
Flyingtigers nunn
Not to mention that it’s Chinese airspace. Their aircraft will help you crash into a mountain too!😀
Jun 6, 2019 9:22PM
ann garton
Of the 16 in our tour group to Tibet, we (2) were the only ones who enjoyed the trip THE REST COULD NOT HANDLE THE THIN AIR! Even our tour guide succumbed to the lack of O2. He said that we were JUST LUCKY.😊
Jun 3, 2019 12:37AM
Maria Rychlicki, A good point. I guess the quiz preparers erroneously assume that the Tibetan PLATEAU is synonymous with the Himalayas. It is not. So flying to Lhasa from Chengdu, you're, therefore, in the clear.
May 17, 2019 6:57PM
Good to know. I never fly anyway because it violates rule #1- No higher that corn and no lower than potatoes. But it's good to know. Thanx.
Apr 29, 2019 6:47AM
Louis Michael Durocher,
I think the point is they dont want to die and Will their passengers..
Apr 28, 2019 10:03PM
Oh no! Not the mountains! 🤪
Apr 7, 2019 4:12PM
Don Racette
Brendan Brannigan You're DOGgone right!
Mar 31, 2019 7:34PM
Betcha mountains are too high
Mar 23, 2019 12:54AM

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